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Bramall Lane (ATT 17,739) 27th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Webster

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Coventry City Coventry

Blades snatch points...again

By Ben Blackmore.   Last Updated: 27/08/05 2:50pm

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Debutant David Unsworth became an instant hero as his penalty earned all three points for Sheffield United, who overcame Coventry 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

Unsworth stepped up with just seconds remaining to smash his spot kick past Stephen Bywater to secure United's second consecutive last-minute league win.

The result was hard on The Sky Blues who more than matched the Championship table-toppers, after taking the lead through James Scowcroft. The former Leicester striker strolled onto a perfect slide-rule pass from Willo Flood before lifting the ball over Paddy Kenny.

However, Coventry's joy lasted only three minutes, and it was the pacy Steve Kabba who dragged The Blades back into the match. Kabba was an eleventh-hour inclusion in Neil Warnock's side after Danny Webber injured himself in the warm-up, but the striker was fully aware as he burst into the area to rifle home an unstoppable finish.

Micky Adams' side were then put under severe pressure when Matt Heath saw red for his second booking of the afternoon 30 minutes from time.

Paul Ifill and Leigh Bromby both tested the visitors' rearguard, before Unsworth finally snatched late glory.

Richard Duffy recklessly felled Alan Quinn inside the area, and the script was written for the former Everton defender to send The Blades to the top of the league.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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